2017 California Overseas Point of Entry Arrivals

U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO)

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A monthly summary of non-resident arrivals at California ports of entry.

*In September 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) revised estimates of international inbound visitation for 2016 and 2017. This announcement follows the resolution of a technical error identified in a significant number of data records DOC received from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


  • For September 2017, overseas visitors at California ports of entry were -5.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Among top markets, United Kingdom (+1.8 percent), France (+14.9 percent) and Germany (+6.6 percent) were leading growth in port of entry, with positive year-over-year gains. 
  • Markets with year-over-year declines include Australia (-2 percent), India (-13.2 percent), China (-15.4 percent) and Mexico (-11.9 percent).
  • Other sources are indicative of a more positive story.
    • For California specifically, credit card data from Visa suggests that transactions from overseas travelers are up 8.3 percent through September, with spending by overseas visitors down -1.7 percent year over year. The data also show Mexico spending is up 2.2 percent, and Australian Spending is up 16 percent.

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